SHARKHUNTERS Salutes Veterans
HERBERT SCHULTZE (191-1986)
Kriegsmarine, U-Bootwaffe, Skipper U-48, Commander 3rd U-Bootflottille
Born 24 July 1909 in Kiel, SCHULTZE was in the Naval Academy Class 1930. His boat U-48, under three Skippers, was the most successful submarine of any side during World War Two. When finally taken off combat duty, he took command of the 3rd U-Bootflottille based at La Rochelle. His final posting was Commander of Department H at the Naval Academy.
The Turmabzeichen (conning tower emblem) of U-48 was “Dreimal Schwartze Kater” or Three Black Cats – Tomcats!
|Left – the tower emblem|
Right – the tally of tonnage
|SCHULTZE with his new Knights Cross.|
|Returning to port with his trademark fur hat.||SCHULTZE was one of only 28 Skippers to be decorated with the Oak Leaf to the Knights Cross|
|On the radio set of U-48, we see….|
Upper left – “48 dampfer” means 48 steamers sunk
Upper right – 308,507 gross tons sunk
|Showing the wear of hard days on patrol, the paint is all but gone on the conning|
tower and there is not much left of the “Dreimal Schwartze Kater” emblem.
SCHULTZE is seen with his fur hat on the bridge